We archived the Web pages of the Portuguese Presidential Elections of 2016!

The Arquivo.pt made 2 crawls of Web pages related with the Portuguese Presidential Elections of 2016.

We had appealed to the community contribution by suggesting Web pages related with the Presidential Elections of 2016 in order to archive it.

We made 2 crawls, during and after the election campaign period, using the list of 284 Web pages suggested by the community, archiving a total of 551 672 Web resources, that occupy 7 GB.

It were collected Web pages such as the official ones from the running candidates, from political parties, news in the media about the elections, blogs, opinion articles.

The Arquivo.pt respects an embargo period of 1 year, and for that reason the archived collection will only be avaliable by the end of 2016.

However you can consult now some archived Web pages from the previous Portuguese Parliamentary Elections such as:

We would like to thank all the volunteers that helped with this initiative.
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We issued a press release about Arquivo.pt

On the 12th January 2016 we have issued a press release about Arquivo.pt, where we explain our service, its history, present, colaborations and future challenges.

The Arquivo.pt is a free of charge service, that allows the search of Web archived data since 1996. The investigation infrastructure of Arquivo.pt is mainly focused on the preservation of relevant content for the portuguese community.

There are currently about 2700 milions of archived files, which correspond to 95 TB of information and any person can suggest interesting sites to be archived by simply going to https://arquivo.pt/suggest.

In 2015, the Arquivo.pt has collected 580 milion files for preservation, and the search service has registered an average of 3 692 users per month, from which 90% are new users.

In 2016 the Arquivo.pt will make avaliable the access to archived Web pages from the .eu domain and the Arquivo.pt team will work on a prototype that will allow the search and visualization of archived images.

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Ask us for free dissemination materials!

Arquivo.pt – the Portuguese Web Archive is a nonprofit public service that requires dissemination.

We produced the following dissemination materials:

Your collaboration to disseminate Arquivo.pt is essential for this service to become useful to an increasing amount people.

Ask us for materials to disseminate Arquivo.pt at your institution or event. We will send it to you free of charge.

Thank you.

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Fénix: the new release of Arquivo.pt!

We are pleased to announce that we launched a new release of Arquivo.pt – the Portuguese Web Archive, after two years of suspension in the development of the service.

The name given to this release was opportunely Fénix (Phoenix). 20 cases that originated the following improvements were resolved:

Informative site (sobre.arquivo.pt):

  • Review and update of all content (152 pages in Portuguese and English);
  • Reorganization of the Information Architecture;
  • Fix functional and usability errors;
  • Incoherence of graphical style.

Search and access (www.arquivo.pt):

  • Interoperability improvements (e.g. URLs following the Wayback syntax, OpenSearch API fixes);
  • Information updates;
  • Error corrections on the user interface;
  • Introductory video included on the homepage.

We inform that we migrated our open source project to GitHub: pwa_technologies where you can find more details about the Fénix version.

Comments and suggestions are most welcome!

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A first attempt to archive the .EU domain

The Portuguese Web Archive attempts to archive .EU web sites.

The .EU domain is commonly used to reference sites related to Europe. The strategy adopted to archive the World Wide Web has been delegating the responsibility of each domain to the respective national archiving institutions. However, the .EU domain fails to fit in this model because it covers multiple nations. Thus, the preservation of .EU sites was not been yet assigned and undertaken by any institution.

RESAW is an European network that aims to create a Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials (resaw.eu).

The Portuguese Web Archive performed a first attempt to crawl and preserve web sites hosted under the .EU domain performed by within the scope of RESAW activities. This first crawl began on the 21 November 2014 and finished on the 16 December 2014.

As future work we intend to perform 2 more crawls of the .EU domain. Each one of performed .EU crawls shall be indexed and become searchable through archive.pt one year after its finish date.

Collaborations with researchers interested on studying the collected web data sets or crawl logs are welcome.

Resources

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2nd best paper at LA-Web

The paper “Trends in Web characteristics” authored by the Portuguese Web Archive team received an award at the conference LA-Web 2009.

The paper Trends in Web characteristics written by João Miranda and Daniel Gomes, was distinguished as the 2nd best paper presented at the 7th Latin American Web Congress.

The paper presents results on the evolution of Web characteristics, derived from the comparison of a crawl performed by the PWA in 2008 with previous studies.

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rARC Linux version now available

rARC version for Linux is now available.

RARC is a pioneer system being developed within the Portuguese Web Archive project. Its main goal is to enable Internet users to provide storage space from their computers to help preserve web contents for the future. Anyone can contribute to preserve the web, by providing a little amount of space to keep a backup of a small part of the archived data.

This version was successfully tested on the following distributions:

  • Fedora 10, 11 (Gnome)
  • Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10 (Gnome)

Please contact us if you find that this version is compatible with other distributions or if you find any problem.

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rARC Windows 7 version now available

rARC version for Windows 7 is now available.

RARC is a pioneer system being developed within the Portuguese Web Archive project. Its main goal is to enable Internet users to provide storage space from their computers to help preserve web contents for the future. Anyone can contribute to preserve the web, by providing a little amount of space to keep a backup of a small part of the archived data.

Please contact us if you find any problem.

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